The hysteria over Occupy Wall Street from the super-rich and Republicans is almost, almost amusing in its distance from reality.
House Republican leader Eric Cantor called the demonstrators “a mob” which, of course, they are anything but. Presidential contender Herman Cain says the protests are unAmerican. Former governor Mitt Romney thinks the protestors are engaging in class warfare.
And that plutocrat, billionaire mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, had this to say about the protesters: “What they’re trying to do is take away the jobs of people working in the city.” Huh?
There is not a coherent thought among them, only panic as economist, Paul Krugman, pointed out yesterday in his New York Times Op-Ed piece. Until I read Krugman’s column, I had missed this deeply insane reaction from from that senator who is named for Ayn Rand:
”My favorite, however,” wrote Krugman, “is Senator Rand Paul, who for some reason worries that the protesters will start seizing iPads, because they believe rich people don’t deserve to have them.”
Can it be true that we let these people out of their locked rooms to run the country? Do they know how crazy they sound – each and every one?
The plutocracy, the politicians and their media mouthpieces are squealing like little pigs about OWS and sounding increasingly desperate. They pretend to be baffled by the lack of an OWS message, but I think one of Krugman’s commenters, filosurfer from Cleveland, speaks well for me and for every protester I’ve listened to:
”Much of the complaint over the occupiers is that they have no direct agenda, no stated goal. Far from it. Whether it’s the wars, the tax rates, the assault on unions, teachers, or the poisoning of the environment, lack of universal health care, or so many other complaints–it’s simply enough stated–Stop Screwing Us Over.”
Something in America is changing, right now as we watch on television and read on the internet. Even those who can’t get to downtown New York or to demonstrations in other cities are expanding their imaginations about what is possible and the moment is ripe with potential. The 99 percent have been awakened.
If you missed it yesterday, go read Krugman’s column. I think it’s an important step forward for the 99 percent when the plutocrats and their sycophants are sounding incoherent.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, William Weatherstone: The Silent Guardian